The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has long been acknowledged as the leading international circuit for classic and vintage sailing yachts. Celebrating its 13th outing in 2017, the circuit spans 10 of the world’s most fascinating and maritime tradition-rich regattas on a calendar that has become a reference point for lovers of the stunning beauty, glorious history and absolute uniqueness of all classic craft.

As per tradition, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta will open this year’s Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge in April. The circuit will then continue with races in France (Antibes, Cannes), Italy (Argentario) and Spain (Mahon on the island of Minorca), comprising the Mediterranean Circuit. Participating in the Mediterranean regattas will be Eilean, the Bermudan ketch designed in 1936 by William Fife III and acquired in 2009 by Officine Panerai which then restored and relaunched her.

From the 8th – 15th July, the fleet will be coming together at the only UK regatta in the PCYC Circuit: the Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes, Isle of Wight, which was attended by more than 60 classic yachts in 2016.

The North American Circuit, staged each August and September, will see the “Grande Dames” of the sea visit Marblehead, Newport, Nantucket and Bristol this year. For further information and the regatta calendar, please visit


Founded in Florence in 1860 as a workshop, shop and school of watch-making, for many decades Officine Panerai supplied the Italian Navy in general, and its specialist diving corps in particular, with precision instruments. The designs developed by Panerai in that time, including the Luminor and Radiomir, were covered by the Military Secrets Act for many years and were launched on the international market only after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997. Today Officine Panerai develops and crafts its movements and watches at its Neuchâtel manufacture. The latter are a seamless melding of Italian design flair and history with Swiss horological expertise. Panerai watches are sold across the world through an exclusive network of distributors and Panerai boutiques.


In honour of its historic links to the sea, Officine Panerai has promoted classic sailing culture for many years through its sponsorship of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the leading international circuit for these vintage craft. In 2007, the company also acquired and restored the Bermudan ketch Eilean. Built in 1936 by the legendary Fife yard at Fairlie in Scotland, she is now the brand’s ambassador at vintage and classic boat rallies and regattas.